‘NY Times’ Gears Up For Major Investigative Project

By: Joe Strupp

The New York Times is gearing up for another major investigative project that Executive Editor Howell Raines believes could rival the 15-part series on race that brought home a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001. Two months ago, Raines sent a memo to the entire editorial staff seeking ideas for a multipart series, which drew about 200 responses.

A newsroom committee created to review the ideas has whittled them down to a “handful,” Raines told E&P, and the topic will be chosen in coming weeks. “They include, in some cases, familiar themes like health care and some others that I don’t want to get into,” he said. “The subject matter will dictate the scope.”

But Raines predicted that the project would likely be at least a five-part report, and possibly could match the 15 parts that the race series spanned.

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